In this tutorial, we walk you through getting started with PowerCMS, the PHP web application.
The Solution Pack files are stored within a compressed (.zip) file. You will need to unzip the contents before you can upload the solution pack.
Windows: Right-click the .zip file and choose Extract All...
OSX: Double-click the .zip file to automatically extract the contents to the same location where the .zip is located.
Your next step is to rename the rename_and_upload_this_folder directory that was extracted from the .zip file.
Most users will rename this folder 'powercms' and upload the entire folder to their remote site.
Upload the folder and all of its contents to your remote server within your existing website's files.
In order for your content to display on any PHP page of your site, this folder needs to be within the root folder of your website.
For more information, see the Uploading Solution Packs tutorial.
Once all the files are uploaded, open your web browser and navigate to the index.php file within the directory you just uploaded. For example: http://mysite.com/powercms/index.php.
When loading this page for the first time, you will be directed to the PowerCMS Installation Wizard.
The PowerCMS Installation Wizard is designed to help you get this Solution Pack up and running as quickly as possible. The Installation Wizard will perform various checks on your server to ensure that it is running all the necessary scripts for PowerCMS to function properly.
Upgrading to a newer version? If upgrading to a newer version of PowerCMS, the Installation Wizard will give you the opportunity to choose whether you wish to copy the content areas from the older PowerCMS to the new one. In order to accomplish this, you must specify the same database settings as were used by the older version.
The Server Settings step displays the result of the Server Diagnostic Check. This check analyzes your server and will alert you if necessary features are not enabled.
If anything fails, resolve the issue and click Run Test Again to see if it is fixed.
The database info step allows you to enter the details for the database you intend to use for PowerCMS, so that the Installation Wizard can automatically add all the database tables to your database for you.
Watch a video on obtaining your database credentials or creating a new database.
The Admin Login step allows to specify the username and password that will be required in order to enter PowerCMS to manage your galleries or add images.
Using the Administrative Area
Once you have completed the Installation Wizard, you will be provided a summary of what was accomplished and directed to the PowerCMS. You will no longer be able to access the Installation Wizard, and can do everything you need to do from within this area.
To access the PowerCMS at any time, open your browser and enter the path to where you uploaded the files.
Now that you have installed PowerCMS on your server, you will want to progress through the system adding new pages and content.
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